Phew! It feels good to be back in the land of the living. By that I mean the last week or so has felt as though I am approaching death. Well perhaps that is an overstatement… P and I both caught some kind of illness, sickness, virus, flu, whatever you want to call it. I think it has been years since we were both that unwell. Of course since we were both unwell it felt as though we just hobbled along each day, both of us managing to do what we could. Today is the first day that I have managed to get dressed in over a week! Although I got the migraine far more badly than P did, he seems to not be able to bounce back at all. He is exhausted all of the time, and I feel completely useless, unable to take the burden of duties like cooking from him. As he isn’t particularly unwell he feels like he must continue working on his essays and going to work. He is such a trooper. I am so lucky that I married a man who will never give up.I think the silver heart matches my pink pjs perfectly
With me barely able to lift my head off the pillow and unable to stand the stand the sound of speaking, and P sleeping most of the day, our first Valentine’s day as a married couple was not exactly how we had imagined. The most romantic that things got was when P passed me a tissue. We did exchange gifts though. We had decided to have an ethical Valentines so our gifts had to have some kind of ethical edge, for example the gift would be fair trade or would be handmade. I was given a beautiful silver heart necklace, which I absolutely adore. Once we are both up to scratch we are hoping to have a belated V-day since it is one of my favourite holidays.
Shrove Tuesday & Lent
One of the highlights of last week though was Shrove Tuesday or Pancake day. For those of my readers who don’t know what this means, it is the day before Lent begins. Pancakes were originally made to use up all of the “luxuries” (butter, sugar, etc) one would have in the cupboard before the beginning of lent, where people restrain from such things until Easter. I won’t go into more detail here, I’m sure there are lots of places on the internet that can explain it better than I. Anyway, the lovely moment was that P made me Nutella crepes, one of my favourite things, in the shape of hearts. I didn’t even ask him, he just did it to cheer me. How sweet is that?
That brings me to Lent. This year I have decided to give up puddings for two reasons. Firstly, I think I often eat puddings, not because I’m hungry but because I just crave something sweet as a bad habit. I’d like to break the habit but since breaking a habit takes restraint, this will help me grow the discipline that Lent intends you to. Lastly, the time I would spend eating pudding can be spent praying, as I did when I fasted the internet recently.
Are you giving anything up for Lent?
Love Katie x